Thursday, July 18, 2019

Engadine. Alpes Suisse. July 18


Monday, July 15, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 15

Literary genres in the biblical text are not merely formal structures or conventions, but function as theological directives concerning the complexity of the character of God. Genre diversity, in the biblical drama, opens horizons and dimensions of God that no single genre can contain, yet even this is intriguingly incomplete. Narrative, wisdom, poetry, hymn, prophecy, and apocalyptic, for example, valiantly attempt to portray in words that which is ultimately beyond capturing: God.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 8

I’m not concerned to defend the biblical text, but first to better understand by what authority it makes its claims, or as it were, tells its story. That is, when engaging the text, its authority should be articulated and clarified, rather than merely assumed. Several things need to be taken into account, including the ANE - Jewish and Greco-Roman setting, the natural world informer, the theological environment, and the literary context. My hope is to assess what authority is plausible and where and how it is to be identified. No doubt evaluations will change over time, so this is probably a lifelong task, but nonetheless one that is worthwhile undertaking.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Reflection for the Week - July 1

Life and the Christian life don't seem to be about resolution, but tension. Questions about God’s goodness, nature, and living as a Christian in a terribly messy world, for example, are unresolved and thus continue to be an existential part of it all. Doubt is ever present, but it doesn't reign. I never start at zero, because I live on the basis of accumulated information and experience, yet the theological, philosophical, and scientific mysteries remain open to further investigation in the sphere of what is known and still unknown.